High gas prices good for North Carolina tourism? Yes, according to those in North Carolina's tourism industry. They say the high prices may cause many to vacation in state and from surrounding states. Case and point: Carolyn McCormick with the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau says a lot of callers from neighboring states seem to be re-thinking their travel plans. She says calls from people from up to 450 miles away asking about the Outer Banks are up considerably compared to a year ago.